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. >>> "first look" is up next. >>> it's 5:00 here on the east coast. 11:00 a.m. in the vatican. they'll begin saying good-bye to the pope benedict xvi. his resignation shocked the world. this is the last televised event before the soon to be former pope departs the vatican for his summer residence at castel gandolfo. >>> good morning. pope benedict xvi will spent the final hours of his pope with the cardinals. nbc's anne thomp soj is live at the vatican. let's start with the meeting with the cardinals, first, what is going to happen there? >> what will you see, mara, the dean of the college of the cardinals will welcome the cardinals to the vatican, officially do that, then pope benedict will come in and he'll be greeted by each of the cardinals. there are about 100 cardinals here and the greetings will not be long. each one will come up, kneel before him and kiss his ring. but what is interesting is that perhaps, somewhere in this 100 people could be his successor. and it will be -- you know, people, vatican watchers will be watching very closely to see if there any kinds of signs or signals
minutes, pope benedict xvi is expected to board a helicopter and leave the vatican for good. he also said he will pray for them as they choose a successor. joining me now father robert ber rain. and investigative journalnyist and daily beast intruder. 2:00 eastern time, the pope is going to read the first in 600 years to step down. talk to me about his legacy, father. >> part of the interpretation of vatican 2. both he and john paul ii saw their papacies an attempt to interpret vatican too properly. not so much a modernization of the church, vatican ii was an evangelical missionary council. to some degree modernizing to make the church a more apt meaning to that. hence the wide travel for example of john paul ii, hence the great teaching of benedict xvi. i think that's his major legacy. >> they're very different at least in their style and in their i guess pastor abilities in some way, although not very different philosophically. >> this has been a really unsuccessful papacy and the greatest single act of his papacy is that our church is in real trouble and i am not able to cope with the
and we finally got the news that it was indeed white, first from the vatican -- once again as the blades start to turn, and he will take his lead for the last time, from the vatican and liz, so much history here, i think pointing out, carl was talk about that there is some sentiment here that you obviously would understand. but you also have, this is the longest standing succession, the longest standing election that is known when you have a pope elected, and now we are seeing one stepping down. >> i think what we have here, it's one thing to say that romans are sentimental, but we also are present every single moment of the day around the rock which is st. peter. we see in what voinds in what s something that has been here for 2,000 years, despite internal struggle. this isn't the first time that the church has faced internal struggle. i would say that the history tells us that there have been many popes who have shaken things up. there have been different popes, one gregory xiv who said there would never be a train in the vatican state. we can see it taking off. the people on the rooft
started to thank the cardinals and the collaborators. he thanked the people around him in the vatican wall and the people that we see and that we don't see. i think that's a very interesting invitation to all of us, an invitation to look at the good things within the vatican. a sense of charity to one another. chris, the central message of this -- of this address, was indeed love. >> also acknowledging that this has been, george, some times very difficult papacy, any papacy is hard, you wrote about this today, the idea that becoming pope is actually an impocket task, but he said that he faced choppy seas, head winds at times, your thoughts about his final address to the people. >> chris, like you, i was struck by how interestingly autobiography cally this last speech was. it was within a new testament framework. this pope treats the new testament not as if it were an ancient artifact as it was a template to live one's life. sometimes in difficult circumstances, he's asking all of us in the church and in particularly these cardinals, who now have an extremely, heavy burden, laid on them. to
. ♪ >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing, live in vatican city. you can see the vatican behind me. and boy, there is an interesting energy in this city. preparations underway for the conclave. that will, of course, elect the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing for the first time about a fall he took while he was on a trip to cuba in mexico. just hours after his announcement, this video circulated. you can see it shows lightning striking st. peter's basilica, maybe
on "andrea mitchell reports" live pictures from vatican city. where pope benedict xvi shocked the world today and some of his closest advisors announcing he will step down as the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics at the end of this month. he will be the first pontiff to abductate in 719 years. >> today signing a lack of strength. the pope said i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. reactions are pouring in. >> i think pope benedict xvi legacy is his engagement of faith with the modern world. >> i feel particular -- a particular bond with him and a note of sadness, to be honest with you. on the other hand, my appreciation for him, which was already high, is enhanced a bit because with the sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of st. peter, which is what the pope sshg the bishop of rome, the successor of st. peter, he says, you know, i may not be up to it now, and perhaps i can best serve jesus and his church and his people by stepping aside. i have to admire him. >> and here at home one day ahead of p
. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
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we are stuck in the stalemate. pope benedict xvi prepares to leave the vatican and his departure is over an hour from now. we will have the latest on his emotional farewell and what happens next in picking his successor. then back at home, the day at the supreme court over a challenge to the voting rights act. two big city mayors from states that could be affected by any changes. >> good morning from birmingham, michigan. it's february 28th, 2013 and this is chuck todd. >> i think you are a spartans fan. i saw green. i hope i'm not wrong. the end of an era to the catholic church. unprecedented in modern times. we are counting down to a pope's retirement. the final hours as pontiff. he spent his last day meeting with cardinals and pledging unconditional obedience to his successor. the arch bishop of new york was in the room and described the meeting on the today show this morning. >> we catholics call him the holy father. the italians call him il papa. to see him fragile and having what i consider to be a remarkably humble and courageous decision, it was very moving and a tender m
term future. >> and now the breaking news out of rome, and the vatican. pope benedict the xvith is abdicating at the end of the month. the pope says he has no longer the strength to fulfill the dutes of the office. the 85-year-old pontiff of a leader of more than 1 billion catholics worldwide is the first to resign in 600 years. it is is a move that surprised even his closest confidants. you are looking at live pictures of the vatican city where the conclave of the cardinals will convene. they will cast their votes in the cysteisistine chapel and th that a new pope may be elected by the start of holy week march 24th. we are joined by the rome bureau chief, claudio. and claudio, what surprised me the most is the timing of this. i know lots of hints and everybody is looking backwards that he seemed to hint that he would leave before he died in office, but the idea of doing this in the middle of lent. >> certainly nobody expected this. well, this is also the era of the faith meaning that most analysts thought that he will wait until at least next year to make a drastic decision if
, who will continue to be at the vatican for us throughout this coverage. ann, thank you. i want to bring in our panel, who will be joining us the next hour and a half. father robert barron. in rome, liz lev, an expert at duquesne and nbc news analyst. george is the nbc news vatican analyst and the author of the book, evangelical catholicism. good to have all of you. i guess the first question is this is the last awudience. we've never had a moment like this when the pope knew he was going to address his flock. what do you expect him to say? >> he'll probably sum up what his pontificate has made. i'm moved by the pictures of the extraordinary affection for benedict xvi, and i think he'll return it to the crowd and thank them. i think he'll acknowledge the great universality of the church. i would expect there to be strong spiritual words from this man today. >> people who have been around the pope the last several days describing his manner as serene. as someone who saw him on ash wednesday, both in audience in the morning and the ash wednesday mass in the evening, that's exactly
chamberlain. it's the vatican city of state. also been at the center of controversies in the past as his role always accused of overpowering the one of pope benedict xvi as the name was mentioned several times in the papers leaked to the italian media. well, after that, of course, a conclave will have to be called. election of the new pope. hopefully in a few weeks. that should take place sometimes from next week onwards and before the 15th of march. in order to have a new pope in place before palm sunday on march 24th. chris? >> thank you very much, claudio. and so, we are now 2:27 past 2:00 here on the east coast. past 8:00 there at castel gandolfo 15 miles outside of rome and the extraordinarily historic moment. behind those walls, behind those gaets now, pope emeritus, the former joseph ratzinger and we have the seat is vacant. the seat of peter is now vacant. father bartuni krc, your feelin? >> the feelings i've had all day. i'm feeming more. bitt bittersweet. nice to see how the decision of the pope is taken by the catholic faithful throughout the world. following what he believes to be
, a special buy at just $199. i'm chris jansing. to say there's a lot happening at the vatican would be an understatement. we got our first glimpse of the pope since he announced he will step down. he opened his arms to receive a huge round of applause. 8,000 people packing the hall where he had his general audience. i was there. he did not appear incredibly frail. he asked everyone to pray for him and the church and the future pope. there's already a scandal after a polish cardinal appeared to criticize the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive.
monastery on the grounds of the vatican. he's someone, liz, who really -- it's not a job that he can go home at 5:00, and he puts his little time card in, and it ends. this is a man who for the last eight years, when most people would want to be retiring -- and, ghiin fact, he planned to retire with his brother to a little house in germany and live a life in prayer, has had the eight most stressful years of his life. >> i think it's important to remember that the papacy is -- it's a burden. he's looking right now, right in front of him,him, he has the -- elsik for these chosen men, they'll have to carry a burden. it e it's parenting to the highest degree. the papacy doesn't have a clock off time. it doesn't a moment when the cares of the world. we tend to think of our own corner of the world. which he sees in front of him right now. they are on their shoulders. >> if you're just joining us here in the united states, we're watching the final public appearance for pope benedict xvi, this is his wednesday general audience. in winter, it will be held indoors. today it's outside. because about 20
pictures from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is stepping down today. this morning the 85-year-old pontiff is spending a few moments exchanging words with the cardinals before he heads out on a helicopter to the papal residence south of rome. >>> all right, now to developments on the civil war in syria, roughly about an hour from now, secretary of state john kerry is expected to announce a u.s. policy shift when it comes to aiding the rebels. kerry is in rome for an international conference aimed at dealing with the conflict. for the first time obama administration plans to offer nonlethal assistance in syria. the reports say that the aid package could include body armor, communication equipment, night vision gear and vehicles. the white house however is stopping short of providing weapons. senator marco rubio of florida, has a slightly different take on how the u.s. should help. >> there are plenty of weapons in syria. they're coming from other countries. . what the opposition really needs is access to ammunition. one thing that we can consider, is if we can identify responsible groups, a
will be chosen. yesterday massive crowds flocked to the vatican, an estimated 100,000 people packing st. peter's square for one of the pope's final appearances as the leader of the catholic church. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me these days. >> benedict also appeared to criticize vatican infighting and recently leaked documents paint a picture of a dysfunctional vatican bureaucracy plagued by turf wars and allegations of corruption. let's bring in vatican analyst, senior fellow at the ethic and policy center. i feel launch in after saying good morning because i know there is a little bit of ai delay and i want to start with these reports of power struggles among the hierarchy at the vatican. here is what the pope said. the church which is mother and teacher calls on all its members to renew their spirit, turn back firmly towards god and ignore pride and egoism to live in love. you recently wrote an op-ed that the next pope needs to straighten out the disastrous condition of the roman curia. how bad is it? >> these are important issues and it is important to discuss t
vatican city. >> reporter: the day after the shocking announcement that he will resign on february 28th, more details are emerging about his decision. the vatican's own newspaper said that this decision was taken at least a year ago after his trip to cuba and mexico in march 2012. that's when the pontiff realized he's just too old and too weak to perform his duties as the holy father including, of course, long distance travel. while the speculation now is ripe whether there is any other reason behind his decision. in an interview in 2010 during the scandals that engulfed the vatican and the catholic church including the pedophilia scandal and later the butler scandal with him leaking documents to the italian media, the journalist asked him whether it was right for a pontiff to resign over such scandals? he said, not in times of difficulties but maybe in times of peace when in a peaceful moment one has a right to do so. this is a peaceful moment. the butler has been sentenced to prison and later pardoned late last year and now it is a time for the pope to just let go and let another pers
richard engel, and with us today veteran foreign correspondent keith miller, who covered the vatican for decades, and he joins us from miami. first to you, chris jansing. as you're hearing more details about the arrival or beginning of the conclave of cardinals, what are you expecting? who are the front runners? this does have sort of the feel of politics even if it is supposedly a spiritual event. >> yes. i mean, they say it's a political and excommunication is what happens if you are a cardinal and you leak anything that's going on inside the conclave. that's not to say that there isn't politics, that will aren't certain people that have their favorites. we did talk today to spokesman for the vatican, and they're working all these details up right now. exactly when this is going to happen, but they want to do it sooner rather than later after the pope stepdz down because what they don't want to happen is that runs into the easter season, so i think it's possible that the cardinals would all gather as soon as march 1st we know that the pope is stepping down on february 28th. as to w
is on her way back from rome right now, before she left, she filed one last report from vatican city. we'll bring it to you in ten minutes. stick around for that. >>> an airline megamerger is taking flight. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> they're getting together on valentine's day. well, this merger is going to cut down the number of major u.s. airlines now to four. you've got the new american, you'll have united, delta, and southwest. so everyone is kind of asking, what does that mean for me, the consumer. well, it potentially means higher prices, less competition, higher prices. we'll have to wait and see. also, richard, most airline mergers have resulted in a reduction of flights and also shrinkage at some hubs. but management is saying this is different because u.s. airways and american overlap on just 12 routes. if you are a traveler, you will not notice immediate changes. it is likely going to be months for example, the frequent flier miles are combined and years before the two airlines are integrated. in other words, don't panic. >> not yet. >> we'll move fr
28th. the vatican says they hope to elect a new pope by easters. the pope made the announcement in latin, saying, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainly that my strengths are not -- the pope's declining health has been an issue. he goes to and from the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i nope he's talked about the possibility of retirement, but now? >> i was going to say, chris, it's an unexpected pleasure to see you today. this is a surprise to timing, not to fact. the pope has indicated on several previous indications if he ever came to the decision in prayer and conscience he could not give the service the church deserved, he would leave, not stand on his ego or stand on ceremony. he wou
the vatican naming murphy. as cardinal ratzinger served as the head of the powerful congregation for the doctrine of the faith, an office known in earlier years as the inquisition. church records indicate ratzinger was aware of father murphy's abuse, yet murphy remained a priest until his death in 1998. of course, murphy was just the tip of the iceburg. in fact, as the documentary reports, from 2001 on, every single priest sexual abuse case came directly to ratzinger. >> as a result of terry's lawsuit, documents were uncovered revealing the role of rome in the worldwide sexual abuse scandal that caught the attention of "the new york times." >> these documents seemed to turn the whole story that we had been writing all these years on its head. up until then, what we thought was that american bishops were at fault. with these documents for, the first time we saw communication between american bishops and in particular the office run by then cardinal ratzinger in which the american bishops are pleading with officials in the vatican repeatedly, saying help us get this priest out of t
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raphion there. it's going to cut a lot of jobs. >> vatican intrigue. new controversy surface as the pope permits an earlier start for the conclave to choose his successor. and the oscar goes to ben affleck. scoring gold with "argo" as first lady michelle obama stuns with a surprise special appearance from the white house. >> i am so honored to help introduce this year's nominees for best picture and to help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden our minds, and transport us to places we have never imaged. this has been an exciting year for movies, and i want to congratulate all the nominees on their tremendous work. >> good day. i am andrea mitchell live in london today. secretary of state john kerry is trying to salvage a key meeting with syrian rebels. they are threatening to boycott the session in rome because the united states and europe have refused to give them arms and other critical aid. kerry took time in london today to call a key rebel leader and all but plead with him to show up. joining us for our daily fix chris calizza and managing editor of post politics.com.
news vatican analyst george michaels, senior fellow at the ethics and policy center. george, so more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday for the pope's pin am sunday blessing. but have you all this controversy out there. let's start with cardinal o'brien. this is a man who has been outspoken in his views against homosexuality and when there were calls for l.a.'s former cardinal to stay home from the conclave because of his role in protecting the abusive priests. here is what the cardinal said. >> if someone erred in some way or another that does not -- judgment and other matters. >> probably not exactly the statement that people would have wanted to hear from him. so he's decided to step down. was this the vatican pushing him out of the conclave? >> reporter: i think he was planning to retire or be retired next month. and things simply moved up a bit faster because of the reports earlier this week. as you can see it is a bit raw here. weatherwise in rome. i think the local media environment is similar. there's a lot of conspiracy theorizing going on. and -- that's probably not g
of the the vatican saying this has nothing to do with outside pressures. [ speaking foreign language ] >> as you hear there, the pope speaking in latin to a meeting of vatican cardinals saying he will step down effective as the leader of the world's -- the 85-year-old pontiff saying his strength is no longer adequate. this news took fearly everyone by surprise, including the archbishop of new york, cardinal dolan. >> i'm as startled as the rest of you and anxious to find out exactly what's going on. >>> other reactions italy's prime minister saying he's greatly shaken by the unexpected news. >>> and british prime minister david cameron said he will be missed as a spiritual leader for millions. >>> and from angela merkel -- he had to make a difficult decision. just some of the reaction that's coming in today. joining mess is rome bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength in the last few months has deteriorated to me to the extend i ha
's heroes. i'm tamron hall. also following today's stunning news from the vatican. the pope making the extraordinary announcement becoming the first pope to make the move of abdication in 719 years. the pope made the surprise announcement in lat on the a meeting of cardinals this morning. prior to that, not even his spokesperson knew it was coming. the 85-year-old pontiff said the strength is not adequate to carrying out the duties and stepping down. the college of cardinals will meet immediately. the vatican says they hope the new pope will be in place by the beginning of holy week march 24th. just the past couple of hours, the white house issued a statement of the president saying we extend appreciation and prayers to his holiness. we warmly remember our meeting with the holy father in 2009 and i have appreciated our work together over these past last four years. nbc news rome bureau chief joins us live now. can't stress enough how it was such a surprise. i turned on the television to hear this news but what was the reaction there at the heart, the center of all of this news? >>
final days in vatican city as he relinquishes his thrown. cardinals around the world will gather to determine who will succeed him. what direction will the church go in let's ask nbc news vatican analyst who's in roam for us. george, i want to dive right in because i know we have got a delay to worry about. most people know the role of the pope as the spiritual leader among catholics, but of course his other job is to proselytize and grow his flock. if you look around the landscape of global catholicism, you see that catholicism is very important in parts of europe, south america and south africa. should that be a consideration in choosing the next pope, finding someone who might be able to grow the flock in area where is catholicism is least represented? >> reporter: first of all the church is actually in very bad shape in a lot of western europe. and what we need, i think, what the church needs, is a pope who wherever he comes from is such a radically converted disciple of jesus crist is that he can invite people to consider the possibility of crist faith. we have seen that com
an underground gay network at the vatican. claudio lavagna is live for us in rome. so far the vatican attempted to dismiss much of what's developing and breaking today. >> reporter: well, and tamron, this morning, people sense and feel the anticipation. there in the vatican press room, they had a big announcement to make and packed with hundreds of journalists from all over the world. he said one big news, we got two. as you mentioned, the pope decided to change the cannon law that sets the rules for the conclave to move up the conclave set to start sometime between march 15th through the 20th. well now the cardinals can decide to move it up and maybe start as early as the first days of march. on top of that, of course, we got told -- we were told by the spokesperson that pope benedict xvi accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. when we asked he was not allowed in to the conclave, he said that's not for the pope to decide, it is only a decision that a cardinal can take. cardinal o'brien did take that decision and made it public shortly afterwards and published a statement saying that he d
the news broke. we have a reporter live in vatican city this morning. good morning. >> reporter: a day after the shocking announcemen by pope benedict that he'll resign, more details remerging about that decision. the vatican's own newspaper says that decision was taken months ago, right after his trip to mexico and cuba in march 2012. that's when the pope realized he was too old and too weak to just perform the duties of a pontiff including, of course, transatlantic trouble. what's going to happen now? february 28th at 8:00 in the evening rome time he's going to stop being the poem and he won't have any more powers over the catholic church. he'll then retire to the summer residence of the pope. and when a new pope is elected hopefully right before easter, then he'll retire to a life of spirituality to a closer convent inside vatican city. >> thank you so much. >>> turning now to weather. some connecticut residents are still digging out from this weekend's big blizzard. in hampton, they're using heavy equipment and snow blowers and shovels to clear the streets of three feet of snow. so
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at the vatican where tens of thousands have gathered to hear the pope's last message to his followers. >>> and by the way, the sky is falling. no, it has nothing to do with sequester. it's about actual things falling from the sky. just how many objects are on a potential collision course with the earth and why is one congressman say we're not prepared for that danger. and by the way, this actually does have to do with budget cuts and we'll tell you why. but first, a look ahead at today's politics planner. chuck hagel has been sworn in. that has already happened. he is now the secretary of defense. you're watching "the daily rundown," only on msnbc. all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. where does goddess begin? it begins with your skin... revealed by venus for a confident glow the whole world will notice.
will, in the 21st century. as someone who follows the vatican and the goings on m vatican very closely, i wonder what you think the likelihood is that the cardinals will choose someone who is not from europe to be the head of the church? >> i have to say i still think the odds are against it. partly if you look at the make-up of the college of cardinals, it's still the case that italians loom as the largest single group. it is possible, however, that something interesting could happen. especially if the cardinals of the third world get together and say wait a minute. rome has to pay attention to us. i was talking to somebody who is very -- spent a lot of time in the vatican who made the point that a lot of times the cardinals of the third world feel that they are forgotten as part of this operation, that their views don't get the say they should get, but it's also the case that a lot of the differences of opinion in the church are not along regional lines. just to complicate the picture further. the -- there is also -- the catholic church is also growing in asia. it would be fascinatin
of the vatican. >> yeah. >> pope benedict is stepping down. how long? >> not quite eight years. >> yeah, may of 2005 is when it started. >> a seven-year reign. >> and it ends on february 28th, according to we'll be following this. >>> to washington now. members of congress remain focused on deficits, spending and how to head off the looming sequestration cuts poised to kick in early next month. in separate interviews on sunday, house minority leader nancy pelosi and majority leader eric cantor laid out the economic dividing lines. >> what we need is growth. we need growth with jobs. and if you have spending cuts, education of our children and other investments like the national institutes of health where you are hindering growth, you're not going to reduce the deficit. so it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. we think the deficit and the national debt are at immoral levels. we think they must be reduced. we're sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt. and that's 15% -- that's a large percentage
beyond those who hold the reins in vatican city, and the global body of 2.2 billion believers. as one of the most influential irns tugss, the catholic church encompasses those around the world who don't identify with the catholic faith, but benefit from the work of the church and the organizations it has created. the church has been an advocate for the human rights and the dignity of the most marginalized people, and providing care for the sick, and the homes for the homeless, and food for the hungry. you are the largest provider of health care and education. and for students of color catholic schools are the only affordable alternative for quality education. but cardinals, even as the church has been a channel for good, it has been a conduit for injustice around the world. the doctrine intransigence of the pope being infallible has come at the expense of policies that recognize and address realities in the modern world. women in underdeveloped nations and war torn countries need to have access to contraception, and prevent deaths in childbirth, and yet where the church holds sway ove
of the union. the vatican in uncharted territory as the pope prepares to step down. the short list of candidates is starting to emerge. we are live in rome with the political jockeying and the latest on the pope's health. we will pick up the coverage after the break, but 50 a look ahead. today's politics planner. we know the big thing. a lot of under the radar. you are watching the damy run down only on msnbc. [ ship horn blows ] no, no, no! stop! humans. one day we're coming up with the theory of relativity, the next... not so much. but that's okay -- you're covered with great ideas like optional better car replacement from liberty mutual insurance. total your car and we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. learn about it at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? she was a picky eater. well now i'm her dietitian and last year, she wasn't eating so well. so i recommended boost complete nutritional drink to help her get the nutrition she was missing. and now she drinks it every day. well, it tastes great! [ male announcer ] boos
hour by announcing this prophetic pic of a lightning strike in vatican city yesterday. this news was really like a lightning strike to everyone around the globe. has the vatican talked more about any decisions behind the scenes? we do know that the pope has a pacemaker. they've put that out there. he's had it for years, but have they decided or released what were the real factors behind the scenes? because this is uncharted territory. >> it is, absolutely, uncharted. and they're still in a state of shock here, i have to tell you. but from a lot of people that i've been talking to since i got on the ground here, and also speaking the to the vatican spokesman, there doesn't seem to be more to it than the fact that the pope is 85 years old, he's gotten increasingly frail in recent months. and frankly, this is somebody who has to run what is a global enterprise, 1.1 billion catholics around the world. and i think he just realized that there was so much on his plate, that with modern medicine and our ability to keep people alive longer, but perhaps not with the energy and vitality tha
to the conclave. claudio lavanga is live in rome. the details from the vatican on the pope an the future and, claudio, as you well know, the cloud over the conclave and a u.s. cardinal to participate despite the growing outcry of thousands that he should not be there. >> reporter: yes, tamron. this is cardinal mahony of los angeles to participate in the conclave tweeted today he is already in rome with 55 or 54 other cardinals. well, he has taken another decision aside -- taken the same decision as cardinal o'brien of scotland that decided not to come to rome to draw too much media attention towards himself as he announced yesterday, well, he was also engulfed in a separate kind of scandal. what he was -- he was accused of improper behavior toward a number of priests when he was supervising them and a dark cloud hanging over the vatican and the conclave some stage, this stage will start sometime maybe next week. tamron? >> claudio, you have the belief or a sense at the vatican releasing the details of the pope to get the attention off of what you call the dark cloud? >> reporter: well, maybe
. >>> good morning, you're looking at live pictures in the vatican where the pope is saying his final words. the manhunt for christopher dorner comes to a head. >>> president obama pushes for gun control and immigration reform. but will any of it pass? >>> plus, mardi gras ends as lent begins. senator mark yes rubio's water shed moment lights up the twittersphere and this year us atop dog. >>> we've got two major stories this morning. president obama is telling supporters he needs their help to make the changes he proposed in his state of the union address. first, the latest from california on what may be the fiery end to the huge manhunt for accused cop killer christopher dorner. nbc's tony shin is in san bernardino with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. first of all, i want to show you something. take a look behind me. this is highway 38. there are chp officers blocking this road. they've been blocking this road for hours. we are about six miles away from that cabin where investigators found those human remains. this is where investigators say christopher do
those reportedly receiving money, moses malone and dallas cowboys great michael irvin. >>> to vatican city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step y
the vatican on february 28th, the church says he will go live for a while in castle gandolfo, which is the pope's summerout house in a small town outside of rome. he will live at that castle while construction work is done on a cloistered monastery inside the vatican complex. then when the construction is done, he will move back into the vatican. and living in that cloistered monastery, provided that papal cloistering is like other kinds of cloistering, i think that means he will have no contact with the outside world while he lives there. he will be closed off. in any case, the cardinals will then meet, they say before the end of march, to choose pope benedict's successor. and then we will have two living popes, or one living pope and an ex-pope. but there is a plan. before we goat the drama and the political and theological import of the choosing of the new pope what is remarkable here just organizationally is there is an agreed upon and accept wade forward in an instance like this. there is a plan for how this goes, this thing that last happened in the early 1400s. is this like p
he left the vatican in a helicopter from rome to the papal summer home cassell began dal foe for the first phase of his retirement. in his final tweet as pot he said, quote, that you for your love and support. may you always experience the joy that comes from putting christ at the center of your lives. his departure ushers in a new era for the church and the more than 1 billion catholics worldwide and soon more than 100 cardinals will meet in conclave to select a new pope and decide the future of the faith. george is our nbc news vatican analyst and tom roberts is managing editor of the national catholic reporter and author of "the emerging catholic church." george, you know, in american presidential politics, we always try to correct for the latest president. you know, we had truman who had too much of a kansas city problem so we brought in mr. clean eisenhower. we had nixon and ford so we brought in a guy who had never been involved in politics or been to washington, cater. and we brought in reagan because he was seen as strong and carter was seen as weak. what will they tr
successor. also close to vatican city, john kerry meet with the syrian opposition in rome pledging $60 million in basic assistance, the first american aid to the syrian opposition. >>> and at long last, the house today passed the senate's expanded version of the violence against women act ending 18 months of standoff. every democrat voted for it. 138 republicans somehow had a problem with it. we'll have more on that just ahead. >>> but we begin with the president and congressional leaders set to huddle at the white house tomorrow. the very day that automatic defense and domestic cuts will kick in and still without any solution to the so-called sequester. both democrats and republicans in the senate staged votes to replace the cuts to no avail. but there was plenty of time for republicans to preview their talking points presumably in preparation to toss them at the president tomorrow. >> and how much more money do we want to steal from the american people to fund more government? i'm for no more. >> did the fa a shut down in 2009? that's the claim. that's the claim that the president is
vatican council, we need more than that. we need to look at the teachings and practices around economic justice and social justice that have served catholics so well and lift those up and we need to change those that aren't working, those around banning women from the priesthood. >> it is interesting when you look at the raw numbers of what's going on in the catholic church after years and years of the vocations going down. they seem to be slowly on the rise, even here in the united states. there are some surprising numbers, i think, in the number of young people who are part of the catholic church or even joining the catholic church and i'm sure people asked you the question, kate, why would you be a member of that church that seems to be anti-women, anti-gay? i'm sure you get this question. what do you say? >> i say that this church is as much my church as it is pope benedict's church. this church is home for me. i think we see young catholics and progressive catholics, members called to action, an organization that i'm on the board of, building inclusive justice-seeking, loving faith
, the dominant culture of the vatican today. the rape and torture of children were down played or managed to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, its standing and its reputation. >> as someone who is a vatican watcher, michael, and i've been following your reporting on all of this, is there something that the conclave can do that would signal to you some kind of a break or some kind of new course for the vatican and for the cardinals and specifically for this issue but in a more broad way? >> no. i don't want to sound hopeless. there have been some cardinals, like a cardinal from vienna who has been very critical of the handling of the sex abuse crisis but the only way the election of the next pope affects is how he governs the church. is he willing to tell people that elected him you're out of office. >> right. >> go to a monastery and wait for the cops. that would restore confidence in the vatican and in the papacy. but short of that there's no one signal. actually, there's not going to be one signal in the election of the next pope because everyone is looking at ot
. >>> a huge turnout at the vatican today as pope benedict blessed the faithful overlooking st. peter's square. cardinals will vote for a successor. now we may see white smoke rising from the sistine chapel earlier than expected. >> reporter: alex, 50,000 people came to hear the pope. double the size from last week. this is the first pope in modern history to resign the post. he spoke in six languages and thanking them for prayers and support and adding in his german, that these were difficult days. the crowd in turn responded with respect and affection. in rome, where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly pope benedict is the main stay. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the season of lent is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will have tw
the vatican is doing. you tell me if this is right or wrong. okay, take a look. >> pope benedict is stepping down. and the roman catholic church needs a new spiritual leader. could it be you? announcing mountain dew's pope to win contest. >> hey mom, i won. >> plus other great prizes. >> that explains a couple of things around this part. good morning to you. i'm peter alexander. this is "way too early." the show is officially looking at wintertime share of florida. a win ster storm warning over the middle part of the country ready to drop up to 10 inches of snow on kansas city for one, this is all moving east, it's possibly going to impact another 18 states. 30 million americans over these next few days. bill karins, our friend, keeping track of it all. >>> also, a new poll out this morning shows the president enjoying a pretty significant lead over the republicans in congress over many of the key issues of the day among them gun control, imdprags reform and the deficit. >>> but we want to begin, again, today in south africa, you're looking live now at the courthouse, this is where there are
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